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Reduced SJ membership by ~1/3

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Jeff, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Jeff

    Jeff Administrator Staff Member

    Don't know that anyone will notice, but SJ just dropped from 68K registered members to 48K.

    I was using Flanker to identify invalid email addresses because when SJ's email server sends emails that bounce, it makes the receiving email servers more likely to mark as spam any other emails we send. Along the way, I discovered approximately ~20,000 spam accounts, so I took the axe to them.

    Yesterday I saw a spammer registered solely to post a link on their profile page... if you ever notice this, please hit the "report" button so we can clean it up.
     
  2. Donnie in his element

    Donnie in his element Well-Known Member

    No, no, no. You want to inflate circulation. This is gonna kill our ad rates. [/publishers everywhere]
     
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  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks much.

    And Donnie's note made me laugh. When we first started doing video at my old paper, it was noted with glee that one of our first efforts had numerous plays in the first hour. I pointed out that most of them were me, going over and over it looking for things we could do better, etc. I was told to keep clicking and clicking, anything to make the numbers look good.
     
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  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    You can reduce it by another 2,000 by deleting members that did names that were plays on John D. Villarreal.
     
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  5. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Sadly, most folks won't know what you're talking about, Dools.
     
  6. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    In the process, you also knocked out a lot of longtime posters who changed jobs and no longer have the email account they signed up under. No wonder traffic is down.
     
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I no longer have the email account I signed up under and it works fine here.
     
  8. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    I'd be curious what membership would be if you eliminated every account that hasn't posted in the last 3-5 years.
     
  9. Donnie in his element

    Donnie in his element Well-Known Member

    Whew...glad I made it back in time.

    Imagine if eliminating those accounts also nuked all their posts. That's a lot of SJ late night lore lost to the ether.

    Hey, but at least ClubberSlang made that appearance a year or so ago. So he's safe.

    And we'd always have what's left of freqposter.
     
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    My old one didn't work anymore, so I had to create a new one.
     
  11. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    Is Hockeybeat's account still active? What about Monday? I'm guessing IJAG didn't completely nuke her account, at least I hope she didn't.

    Some of us have posted under more than one handle over the years. That inflates the number as well.
     
  12. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    What or who is Monday?
     
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